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June: Fairy Chant
b. 1937
Why: A champion at 3 and 4, Fairy Chant won the Beldame twice. She was in the money for 26 of her 42 races.

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Sea the Stars Makes Room for the Lady?

Although we had the rare luxury last weekend of enjoying racing on normal-ish television for two days in a row, we’re now in that odd pre-Breeders’ Cup holding pattern, where we wait on the who’s-going-where decisions.

One that’s already been made is that Sea the Stars will not be coming to the Breeders’ Cup, but will, [...]

More Quick Hits: Zenyatta, Mine That Bird, et al.

Yes, it’s another Friday with too much going on – time for some quick hits!

Things New Yorkish/CanadianIs Dublin a lock in the Champagne? Recall that Vineyard Haven and Munnings were 1-2 last year – is it becoming a prep for future sprinting success?

Should we be paying more attention to the Canadian 2-year-olds?

Things CalifornianWill Spring [...]

Catch Up, Tune In

This year’s Alabama may not have had a filly in Rachel Alexandra’s class, but that didn’t stop Careless Jewel from emulating her in a big-margin victory (and running a 106 in the process). One also might view the race as the year’s second major Canadian incursion, after Mine That Bird’s earlier success up north [...]

Weekend Preview II: West Coast Edition

Welcome back for the second half of our weekend preview – the West Coast edition. It’s going to be all go at Santa Anita with the Santa Anita Oaks, the Kilroe Mile, and, of course, the Big Cap. This year’s Oaks is a big test for Stardom Bound; a victory here should [...]

Forgive – Or Forget?

Jimmy Jerkins may have forgotten to nominate Quality Road to the Triple Crown, but the horse gave him a little reminder in his Fountain of Youth victory. However, without taking anything away from Quality Road, I’m not as convinced as I might be about what this race really means; Theregoesjojo’s second-place finish was a reverse [...]

I’d Be Safe And Warm

Spring House took the San Luis Obispo for the second time over the weekend (I keep saying he’s under-rated) and while it’s fair to point out that heavy hitters Artiste Royal and Champs Elysees both scratched, his solid victory was nothing to sniff at. British invader Zambezi Sun didn’t seem to love Santa Anita, [...]

Can You Go Buzz Buzz?

Zenyatta returned to the track yesterday; while she is still unlikely to make a start before the spring, it’s good to see her name pop up in a headline. Stablemate Tiago also went out for a jog and I’m just as pleased to see him back as a 5-year-old – I was more impressed [...]

Summer Metapost

For your convenience, we offer a bit of a metapost today, featuring some highlights from TBA blogs (but certainly not doing justice to all of them):

Railbird is keeping track of this week’s drug issues (and Barry Irwin’s response) as well as Man of Iron’s debut (so far, he’s following in big sister Rags [...]

Big Cap Weekend

The Big Cap is truly big this year — it equals 2002′s 14-horse field as the largest in the past 25 years. In Lava Man’s absence, a number of legitimate contenders have stepped into the fray — Awesome Gem (right), Student Council and Go Between already have plenty of older-horse cred, while Tiago and [...]

Bon Voyage, Victory Gallop

This weekend sees the rescheduled Santa Monica, featuring Hystericalady and Pussycat Doll and the Strub (with Air Commander, Great Hunter, Slew’s Tizzy and Tiago all back in action) but the headline event should be the Donn Handicap. Dahaar is making his first start for Kiaran McLaughlin since November, but I am most excited [...]